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Melissa Stern joined FOX 4 in October of 2013 and reports for FOX 4 News from 10:30A-6:30P.
Melissa’s passion for reporting started at a young age while she was growing up in south Florida. From debate, to public speaking, then reporting and anchoring for the University of Florida…she decided she had the gift of gab!
Melissa loves finding stories and sharing them with the community. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Telecommunications at UF and then traveled to the Show Me state for the first time ever to work at KOLR10 in Springfield.
When she’s not working, Melissa enjoys traveling, cooking, working out, and spending time with family and friends.
She’s new to Kansas City and loves meeting new people. If you have a story idea, or simply want to say “hi”, e-mail her at Melissa.Stern@wdaftv4.com

Recent Articles
  • Government shutdown would mean no work, no paychecks for metro’s federal employees

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The last time the U.S. Government was on the brink of a shutdown was October 2013. “We’ve gone through this in the past,” said Roger Wetzel, who was visiting Truman Library on Friday. “It’s not the first time the government shut down, and if you think about it, most people don’t even know when the government is shut down. They just keep living their lives.” But visitors at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in […]

  • Metro schools using smart technology, app to track students sick with the flu

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The flu is knocking people out of commission left and right, and according to a “smart thermometer” app, Missouri is seeing extremely high rates of the flu. University Academy is one of a couple schools in the metro using these Kinsa “smart thermometers.” The company collected and analyzed data from more than one million users around the country, and apparently, Missourians are quite sick. “Every student was eligible to receive one. We had about 300 that […]

  • ‘It’s fantastic’: Cast of ‘The Color Purple’ tours American Jazz Museum on day off in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The cast of “The Color Purple” is in Kansas City to entertain us, but on Wednesday, they got some entertainment of their own. The cast got a break from their North American tour and instead toured the American Jazz Museum to get a taste of jazz and its rich history in Kansas City. “Jazz is really Kansas City’s ambassador,” said Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, the executive director of the American Jazz Museum. “It has traveled the world. It has […]

  • Ticket buyers are salty after ‘Crab Fest’ revealed to be scam

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some folks are feeling a little “crabby” after buying a ticket for an event that will never happen. They bought into an all-you-can-eat crab and chowder fest. But it turns out the event doesn’t exist. “Why they picked our building, I have no idea,” said Jeff Smith, the Executive Vice President, Asset Management for VanTrust Real Estate LLC. That building he’s referring to is Two Pershing Square near Pershing and Main street. VanTrust Real Estate manages […]

  • KC food, grocery and medication delivery options when it’s too cold to go outside

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In this frigid weather, it’s all about life at home without having to go outside in the cold. Thankfully, pizza and Chinese food aren’t the only delivery options anymore. Uber Eats promises to deliver food from more than 100 Kansas City metro restaurants. Pharmacies like CVS deliver medications, and both CVS and Walgreens offer a drive-thru so you don’t even have to get our of your car. Grocery stores like Price Chopper and HyVee offer online ordering and […]

  • Independence woman hoping for justice after second man charged in brutal attack, rape

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A single mom now has hope that she’ll see justice nearly two years after being victimized in a brutal attack and rape. And it turns out, it’s connected to another high-profile metro attack. DNA evidence from one of Taylor Hirth’s accused attackers led Jackson County prosecutors to file new charges. The 32-year-old refuses to hide in the shadows. She wants people to hear her story. It was February 2016. Hirth’s toddler daughter was asleep in bed next […]

  • Metro experts say layers are the trick to staying warm when temperatures drop

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Many of us bundle up to run from our cars to our desks. But if you work out in the elements, you don’t have that luxury. There are many workers who brave the cold every day. “I know guys that will wear panty-hose underneath their clothes because of the warmth of it,” said Don Kessinger, Grandview’s parks maintenance supervisor. The men and women who keep the metro running said you never really get used to the […]

  • Metro businesses, community show appreciation for police on National Law Enforcement Day

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Maybe you’ve noticed there’s a “National Day” for just about everything. But wedged between “National Bubble Bath Day” and “National Bobblehead Day,” there’s a day actually worth honoring — it’s “National Law Enforcement Day.” Law enforcement jobs are sometimes thankless. That’s why places like Leinenkugel’s are saying thanks in the form of big discounts. “When I was younger, watching my dad, I got to go on a bunch of ride-alongs with him,” KCPD Officer Austin Bax […]

  • Somber first day of spring semester at NWMSU after student killed at bar

    MARYVILLE, Mo. — “It’s kind of hard to just wrap your mind around it, to process it at first,” said Wyatt Suhr, a friend of Morgan McCoy’s. It’s a somber first day back to school for students at Northwest Missouri State University, after the death of a sophomore from Liberty. 19-year old Morgan McCoy died when police say a drunk driver crashed into the Palms Bar and Grill. Prosecutors have charged the 21-year-old man who they say was driving drunk […]

  • Hundreds of college students from across the country visit KC to help out a local nonprofits

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A lot of nonprofits want to do good things, but they need good staff to make it happen. That’s why 400 college students traveled to Kansas City this week. They’re here for the Alliance Management Institute — the 70th so far. The attendees are already helping local nonprofits. Many of the students at this national conference took a trip to Kansas City, but not Sydney Hunter. “I actually grew up in this YMCA, the Cleaver Family […]

  • Girlfriend of 17-year-old killed in Independence Center parking lot says murder was planned

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The girlfriend of an Independence teen killed in a mall parking lot says the murder was planned. Eighteen-year-old Tyler Gates has been charged with killing 17-year-old Matthew Haylock in a car parked outside the Independence Center. Prosecutors said Haylock and Gates were in the same car when Gates grabbed the victim’s own gun and killed him with it. “When I got up there, I saw him lying in the parking lot,” said Aliyah Turner, Haylock’s girlfriend. Turner […]

  • Puppies rescued after being abandoned at construction site near UMKC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Puppies were abandoned in the freezing cold, left in a box by the UMKC campus. The puppies are in good hands thanks to a Good Samaritan. Chain of Hope is now taking care of the six puppies left in a box in the bitter cold. Luckily, a construction worker found them before it was too late. Chain of Hope said that construction worker called them after he saw a man dump the puppies. Chain of Hope […]